Lehua Wise HSJGA Player of Year; Nonaka and Kua on top at Tournament of Champions

It was another great weekend for the Kaua’i Junior Golf Association at the Wailea Emerald Golf Course.

Not only was Lehua Wise crowned the HSJGA Player of the Year, Lihue junior golfers Chad Nonaka and T.J. Kua won their respective divisions at the 2002 HSJGA Tournament of Champions.

The tournament, which was ravaged by strong winds, announced that Wise, who has just accepted a scholarship to play for New Mexico State University’s highly respected women’s golf team, is the 2002 Girl’s Player of the Year.

Players of the Year are decided by a cumulative points system that is kept throughout the year.

Travis Toyama won the award for the boys, and Michelle Wie and Chris Souza, who each won the 15/18 divisions of the Tournament of Champions on Sunday, will round out the four junior golfers who will be representing the HSJGA in the Sony Pro Junior Challenge.

In the weekend tournament Nonaka shot rounds of 74 and 76 in the 36-hole tourney to win the Boys 13-14 age group. He finished one stroke better than second place Thomas Robertson of Pukalani.

Jordan Cox shot an 82 and 84 for a 156 and Mike Garcia shot an 83 and 77 for a 160 to round out the Kauaians in the division.

Kua won the boys 11/12 division after shooting rounds of 75 and 76 for a 151. He finished four strokes better than Kyong Taeksoo of Wailuku.

Travis Toguchi finished with two rounds of 86 for a 172 in the 11/12 division, the only other Kauaian in the group.

Other competitors:

Wise finished third behind Wie and Gammie Dale, who each shot 150s. Wise finished with rounds of 76 and 75 for a 151.

Allan Baab was three-back of Boys 15/18 winner Souza, who shot rounds of 80 and 79 for a 159. Baab finished with a 162.

Lihue’s Miki Ueoka shot an 84 and 90 for a 174 in the Girl’s 13/14 age group.

Wiley Yoshioka had rounds of 43 and 47 in the Boy’s 10-under age-group.

And Taylor Viquelia, of Waimea, finished second behind Hee Sue Condry of Honolulu with a 99. Lihue’s Kellie Oride (100) and Rae-Lyn Morikawa (101) were right behind.

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